Do your plans for the curriculum include developing children and young people’s knowledge, skills and understanding of the First World War? Do you intend to do some intergenerational work to promote children and young people’s Gaelic language skills? Has your tracking of children and young people’s skills in technology shown a gap for which an opportunity to create a film would be useful?
A grant of £250 is available as part of the Scottish Government’s five-year World War 1 Commemorative Programme to mark the centenary of the First World War. It aims to help children and young people develop their understanding of the causes of the First World War and impact on people’s lives.
The Scottish Learning Festival (SLF) is Scotland’s key educational event. We look forward to inviting you to a seminar for the Gaelic sector at 9.30am on Wednesday 19 September. This will have a focus on raising attainment and promoting excellence and equity for learners through an improved GME curriculum.
We are delighted that John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills will make some opening remarks at the seminar. This will set the national, strategic direction for Gaelic Education from the recently-published National Gaelic Language Plan, 2018-2023.
Joan Esson, HM Inspector of Education will share the successes and challenges of the free GME ELC hours, and how solution-focused approaches are being implemented. This will be based on our evaluations of the quality of experiences, as part of The Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) GME trials, which will be augmented with our inspection findings on GME ELC.
Angela NicIllebhràighe, Course Co-ordinator: Childcare Programmes and Seonaidh Charity, Programme Leader, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig University of Highlands and Islands will share how they can support GME post-16 pathways to support workforce planning. This will include:
The Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services: Children and Young People, which is a two-year programme delivered by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI through the medium of Gaelic. This is for young people in S5 and S6 and combines college-based learning with work placements.
HNC Childhood Practice, which is delivered by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI over two years on a part-time basis. The HNC Childhood Practice is a nationally recognised qualification, with the opportunity to study by distance learning. On successful completion, you will be eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).
The BA (Hons) Gaelic and Education is a new four-year GME teacher education programme. The programme can be studied through distance learning, or by on-site delivery. It has a focus on the distinctive pedagogy required for GME. Students gain a degree, as well as a teaching qualification. This allows a direct route into teacher education, in an area in which there is a recognised shortage of teachers. The programme is designed for teaching Gàidhlig and Gaelic (Learners) at the secondary stages, or GME Primary Teaching. It includes 18 weeks of teaching experience within schools.
We are delighted to announce that the Leadership Award for educators of Gaelic Medium Education (GME) organised by Social Enterprise Academy, in collaboration with Education Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, is being offered in November and December 2018. This is a professional learning opportunity which is tailored to build leadership capacity in GME. It is delivered through the medium of Gaelic. The Leadership Award is endorsed by the Scottish College of Educational Leadership (SCEL), with accreditation by the Institute of Leadership and Management Award at SCQF level 9.
The objectives of the Leadership Award are to:
Understand and reflect on your leadership in context of the challenges you face
Gain clarity on setting direction for your work and communicating change
Develop your skills in engaging with partnership working
Gain confidence in your abilities as a leader to progress your career
Gain insight into the skills required to be a successful leader in the Gaelic sector.
Bòrd na Gàidhlig has set up this fund to support those currently working towards a career in teaching or through the medium of Gaelic.
Consideration will be given to:
Students undertaking a PGDE in Gaelic Education (both Primary and Secondary – Gaelic as a subject and subjects through the medium of Gaelic)
Students undertaking a Gaelic Education Undergraduate Degree, (BA or MA Education or MA Gàidhlig with Education) – (no more than 2 grants in total will be approved for each student during their undergraduate degree course.)
e-Sgoil is an interactive, real-time teaching facility which uses Glow, Office 365 and Vscene to make Gaelic part of the curriculum in any school in Scotland. e-Sgoil is offering National 5 and Higher Gaelic (Learners) from August 2018. This may be to provide progression with the 1+2 Approach to Languages in the broad general education or within the senior phase, or to enable learners to access Gaelic as a new subject.
e-Sgoil can also offer weekly inputs for Gaelic (Learners) in the broad general education.
Most of the primary schools we inspected were making good use of national advice to improve the opportunities children have to learn through Gaelic. However, we noted that in secondary schools, staff needed to make much more use of national advice to ensure that young people have significantly greater opportunities to learn through Gaelic.
We have added a new practice exemplar and challenge questions to the National Improvement Hub (NIH) which shows how The Nicolson Institute, Stornoway improved their secondary Gaelic Medium and Learner curriculum.
Our latest briefing on Gaelic Education is now available and features:
Challenge questions to support the implementation of Gaelic (Learners) as part of 1+2 Approach to Languages.
Details of the seminar for Gaelic Education at the Scottish Learning Festival on Wednesday 19 September, 09.30-10.15. This year’s seminar is designed to support strategic planning for the expansion of ELC 1140 hours, with some advice on the GME senior phase.
Support from partners, including a new ebook in which children and young people in GME from all over Scotland have published their writing; and Comhairle nan Leabhraichean’s support for raising attainment in literacy P1 .
The Framework for Educational Leadership is an online learning resource which supports professional learning in leadership for educators at all stages of their careers. We have added an activity to the framework which is bespoke to Gaelic Medium Education (GME). This aims to support practitioners to develop an understanding of the key documents which assist in making self-evaluation integral to improving GME. This activity will be useful to senior leaders and practitioners of 3-18 GME settings. It will also be useful to those who have responsibilities to support continuous improvements in GME in local authorities and regional improvement colloboratives (RICs).